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Padmaavat Row: Police arrests Chittorgarh Karni Sena chief after ‘Jauhar’ threat

In an ongoing protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmaavat, Police have arrested the Chittorgarh unit chief of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, after its spokesperson declared that over 1,900 women of the community are “ready” to commit “Jauhar” or mass immolation as part of protests over the release of the film.

according to reports, police swooped down on the residences of Karni Sena Chittorgarh unit President, Govind Singh Khangarot, and Vice President Kamlendu Singh Solanki at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and arrested them. Police also arrested Devendra Singh, one of the main members of the organisation.

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Speaking to IANS, Rajpratap Singh, state media in charge Karni Sena, said that “Police are trying their best to curb our protest”. “We are not being allowed to take out a rally or stage protest. There is ‘nakabandi’ all around and strict police arrangements have been made in this town,” he said. “We have called a meeting and will unveil our next phase of action by evening after a call taken by our Chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi,” he added.

While, Karni Sena members are disheartened with SC’s verdict.

Padmaavat is all set to release in theatres on January 25. The movie stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles and has been directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

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